Corowa Mar­ket re­port

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE -

Corowa Mar­ket held on Mon­day, March 26 with 11,738 lambs yarded an in­crease of 3,867 from pre­vi­ous mar­ket, 3,127 sheep yarded a de­crease of 2,748.

There was a mod­est in­crease in lambs ahead of the Easter hol­i­day pe­riod, how­ever less sheep were yarded.

There were some stand out heavy lambs sup­ple­mented off grain, while qual­ity in the lighter weights was gen­er­ally plainer.

One agency did have a large run of store con­di­tioned late sea­son lambs sent from the Omeo area of East Gipp­s­land.

The usual buy­ing group at­tended, although one ex­porter didn’t pur­chase.

The mar­ket started very strongly be­fore com­pe­ti­tion eased.

The price trend across the main runs of heavy trade and ex­port lambs was cheaper, while there were some stronger sales of plain store lambs to the pad­dock.

Heavy ex­port lambs sold to a top of $229, with most pens above 30kg cwt sell­ing from $190 to $214/head.

The best pre­sented heavy trade weight lambs sold from $154 to $174/head.

On a car­case ba­sis, the bulk of the well fin­ished slaugh­ter lambs be­tween 600c and 630c/ kg cwt, with higher re­sults for the pick of the medium weight do­mes­tic pens.

Merino lambs in high value skins re­ceived solid pro­ces­sor sup­port and topped at $164/ head.

Plain and light lambs var­ied from $59 to $125/head with lo­cal re­stock­ers pur­chas­ing mostly very small score 1 types.

Pro­ces­sor de­mand for mut­ton was very strong and price re­sults across the main Merino runs were all dearer.

Heavy merino wethers in full wool sold to $185 while the heav­i­est ewes to $160/head.

There were a lot of small and mixed pens in the sheep of­fer­ing which re­sulted in price vari­a­tions on qual­ity and num­bers.

The gen­eral run of mut­ton was es­ti­mated be­tween 430c and 480c, with some merino lines over 500c/kg cwt.

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